BELGRADE, Serbia — The world’s No. 1 ranked men’s tennis player, Novak Djokovic, tested positive for the novel coronavirus after playing in a series of exhibition matches he organized in Serbia and Croatia but with zero social distancing. His wife Jelena has also tested positive.
Djokovic defended his decision to organize the Adria Tour, but also apologized to those affected by the virus.
Organizers canceled an exhibition event on Sunday in Croatia where top-ranked Novak Djokovic was due to play in the final after Grigor Dimitrov had tested positive for the virus.
Djokovic has been in the news frequently in connection with the COVID-19 virus outbreak, which led to the suspension of the ATP and WTA professional tennis tours in March. Plans were announced last week for the sport’s sanctioned events to return in August.
In April, he was criticized for saying he would not want to take a vaccine for the virus in order to be able to compete, even if it were mandatory for travel.
In May, when he was staying in Spain, Djokovic broke local lockdown rules by practicing at a tennis club about a week before it was allowed.
More recently, Djokovic complained about the U.S. Tennis Association’s plans to try to protect people from the virus during the U.S. Open with such measures as limiting the size of players’ entourages, going so far as to say he didn’t know whether he would go to the tournament in New York.
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